Unibet combines their sportsbook with their marquee poker tournament allowing players to place bets on the outcome of the Unibet Main Event in London and specialised ancillary action.
Two-time Unibet Open winner, Mateusz Moolhuizen, and former Irish Open winner, Ian Simpson, are the early favourites to win the €2,000 buy-in Unibet Open Main Event.
How do I know?
Do I have crystal balls?
Nope, I don’t have any balls. It’s far too cold for that. I know because Unibet is running a book o29.3n the event, and that’s who they believe are most likely to top the field at odds of 29/1.
Other notables in the betting order include recent Unibet UK Poker Tour Brighton winner Curtis Lambert (34/1), Sam Grafton (34/1), Quentin Lecomte (39/1) and former Chelsea and Republic of Ireland star Tony Cascarino (44/1).
Unibet’s Head of Live Events, Nataly Sopacuaperu, had this to say about the new idea:
“By picking your favourite player on Unibet, you’ll give yourself the perfect poker viewing experience,” said Sopacuaperu. “You can bet on some of Unibet Open’s most accomplished players like two-time winner Mateusz Moolhuizen and winner – and two-time finalist – Quentin Lecomte, but you can also bet on them in a head-to-head battle.”
The Unibet Open London event is the first of the 2016 tour. It runs March 3-6. The action comes from The Vic, London. If you fancy a flutter head to www.unibet.com.uobet and place your bets. Be quick, though. The betting ends March 3; 11 am.
You can also bet on the nationality of the winner. The current favourite is Sweden after 19% of online qualifiers came from the land of smoking hot wardrobes. 10% came from Netherlands, 8% from Belgium and 8% from the UK.
The action will be streamed live at 3 pm (GMT) daily.
There is also an eSports flavour to the Unibet Open London dish. A special eSports/Poker nine-handed Sit n Go has been arranged featuring Mark “Valkia” Purdy, Craig “onscreen” Shannon, James “JZFB” Bardolph, Charlotte “Sjlot” van Brabander, Sam “Squid” Grafton, JJ “SuperJJ” Jansen, Byron “Reckful” Bernstein, Ted, “PyrionFlax” Forsyth and Daniel “DDK” Kapadia.
The winner walks away with €5,000.
The merging of sports book and poker events is not a new thing. PokerStars sports betting platform, BetStars, recently started offering odds at select European Poker Tour (EPT) events.
More will follow.